The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. Published by St. Martins

In the mid 1970’s, Leni, her father Ernt and her mother Cora begin a new life in the wilds of Alaska. Leni doesn’t remember what her father was like before the Vietnam War,and even though her mother assures her that he was a kind and loving man, all Leni knows is that now, her father is volatile and often violent. Believing he can start fresh in Alaska, he and his little family make a new home on a spit of land there over the ocean. The locals are welcoming, but also full of warnings about the realities of living in Alaska, especially in the winter. While things begin well for the family, as the dark and long days of winter descend and alcohol flows freely, Leni and her mother will discover that the wild animals and ferocious weather are not what they should fear the most. This was one of the most incredible stories I’ve read in quite a while, I completely forgot everything going on around me as I spent the day with Leni, her family and the wild beauty of Alaska. One of the best books of the year

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